Video game review: Sleep Walk

Pros: Cute game, does not take much effort, good for passing time

Cons: Nothing special, very child-oriented, not very challenging

Stars: Three out of five

Sleep Walk is a game about a sleepwalking penguin that you have to help get back to bed by removing obstacles from his path.

It’s a silly little game that is fun to play, particularly if you like puzzles (or penguins). The game can be found at Kongregate.

Nothing can be said about Sleep Walk without using the word “cute” at least once. The animation and the interaction in the game look like they are right out of a book from your childhood.

It is also not a hard-hitting, thinking game, so you won’t be scratching your head in confusion when you play it. If you just want to kill about five to 10 minutes of time, then this is the game for you.

There is not anything super special about this game. You’re not going to come back to this game over and over trying to find something new that you did not see before. The puzzles are of the point-and-click variety and not particularly challenging.

The overall feeling of this game is that it was made for children, almost as if it were an interactive picture book. You usually don’t come to a game about sleepwalking penguins with the idea of solving intriguing, thought-provoking puzzles—thus, not having a big challenge in the game is a bit of a gift and a curse.

Despite its limitations, I have to give Sleep Walk some credit. It is a great game to play when you are sick. You know, lying in bed, too sick to do anything meaningful, too awake to do nothing. At that point you are (as I have been all week) thankful for something that was cute and silly and soft on the eyes and the mind.

If only for making me feel a little bit better for 10 minutes, I’m going to give this game a three out of five.